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Make Apple Watch calendar work for your wrist

You've got options. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

You’ve got options. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

The default calendar view on Apple Watch is a list of the upcoming events for the current day. If you tap on the Today link in the upper left of the screen, you can see the whole month at a glance, which lets you tap on any day to see that day’s list of events.

But what if you want it to look less like a list and more like a calendar on your iPhone or Mac?

Luckily, there’s a simple way to do just that.

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Dismiss all your Apple Watch notifications at once

Get rid of the whole list at one time. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Get rid of the whole list at one time. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Notifications are the mainstay of Apple Watch (or any smartwatch, for that matter). Chances are you’ll get a ton of them, as most of the iPhone notifications will transfer over to your Apple Watch after you pair the two devices.

Typically, you swipe a notification left and then tap the X button when you want to dismiss a notification, or you tap through to the notification itself and then tap “Dismiss.”

But what happens when you have a slew of notifications and you’re just not interested in swipe-tapping them one at a time to go away?

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Add custom replies to Apple Watch, seem less robotic

Don't be such a square when you reply. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Don’t be such a square when you reply. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Messaging is one of the best use cases for Apple Watch – you get a message, you dictate a reply, you get on with your day.

Apple has included several pre-written responses for you to use when you’re just too busy to dictate a response (or don’t want to talk into your watch). They’re pretty awful, though, ranging from the terse (“OK”) to the fairly robotic (“Sorry, I can’t talk right now”). None of them really quite fit the way we talk, do they?

Happily, Apple lets you change these canned responses to better reflect your personality and style. Here’s how to do so.

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How to restore an erased Apple Watch from backup

Too many incorrect passcode attempts. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Too many incorrect passcode attempts. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

If you forget your passcode on Apple Watch, or you’ve entered an incorrect one too many times, you can use the Apple Watch app on the iPhone to enter the passcode one more time. If you still can’t quite remember it, though, you’ll need to erase and restore the erased Apple Watch. This sets it back to factory default settings, and takes all the content off of it.

So how do you get all your stuff back onto the Apple Watch?

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7 stealthy tips and tricks for Apple Watch

Learning the user interface can take some time, and then there are all the subtle tricks. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Learning the user interface can take some time, and then there are all the subtle tricks. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

So, you just got your shiny new Apple Watch and you’ve doubled down on learning how to use its all-new interface. That should keep you busy for a while.

There are still a few things that you might not know about it, however, especially these not-so-obvious tips and tricks for Apple Watch we’re going to share with you right now.

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How to change out your Apple Watch band

The band stops here. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

The band stops here. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

When I found out I’d be able to change out the band on my Apple Watch Sport, I was ecstatic. While I really don’t mind the green fluoroelastomer band, I’m looking forward to swapping it out for something a little less Swatch and a bit more Gap casual.

Changing the band is a pretty simple affair, but if you haven’t had the chance to put one on your wrist yet, it’s a bit hard to tell just how to do so.

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Apple Watch frozen? Here’s how to restart it

If your Apple Watch freezes, just force it. Photo: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

If your Apple Watch freezes, just force it. Photo: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

Let’s face it: A time will come when your Apple Watch crashes or freezes. It’s gonna become unresponsive, but you’ll be ready thanks to this handy Apple Watch restart tip.

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How to transfer contacts and photos from Android to iOS

Transfer all of your Android contacts and photos in no time.

Transfer all of your Android contacts and photos to iOS in no time. Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

You’re finally making the move, getting rid of your old Android phone in favor of a shiny new iPhone. The only problem is transferring all your valuable contacts and photographs from one device to the other.

Well, in today’s video I’m going to show you how to do just that — and luckily it’s a lot quicker and easier than you may think.

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Never miss an iPhone call or alert again

Keep your ringtone volume and media volume separate. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Keep your ringtone volume and media volume separate. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

There are two different channels for audio on your iOS device: there are ringers and alert sounds and there are media sounds, like from the Music app or various games on your iPhone.

The hardware volume buttons on the side of your iPhone are set to control both by default, but you can separate it out, making the hardware buttons only turn down the media sounds instead of both media and ringer sound.

Here’s our recipe on how to make sure you never miss a call because someone “accidentally” turned your volume all the way down.

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Take better selfies with your iPhone’s timer mode

Gather all your friends for a groupie with the timer on your iPhone. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Gather all your friends for a groupie with the timer on your iPhone. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

It can be tricky to get the best shot when taking a selfie or group shot with your iPhone. If you want a better angle than the length of your arm can provide (or your ridiculous selfie stick will telescope to), you might consider setting your iPhone on a ledge or tripod and using the built-in timer mode to get yourself and everyone else into position before the shutter goes off.

It’s not super-tricky, but you do need to know where to look. Here’s our recipe to enable timer mode on your iPhone.

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